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SSO Schools Concert: The Happiness Box
- Date: Tuesday, 30 October 2018 to Friday, 2 November 2018, 10:30am & 12pm daily
- Venue: York Theatre, Seymour Centre — Corner of City Rd and Cleveland St, Chippendale , NSW
These concerts form part of the SSO School Concerts season, please see website for further information.
Challenge young minds and introduce primary and secondary students to live orchestral music through the SSO Schools Concerts series. Enrich your classroom music program with an excursion to our thematic concert experiences.
Seymour Centre, York Theatre
Tue 30 Oct‒Fri 2 Nov
10.30am (Years K‒2)
12pm (Years 3‒6)
Duration: 50 minutes
Iain Grandage conductor
Jay Laga’aia narrator
The Happiness Box tells the story of three best friends, a lizard, a monkey and a frog, who find a magical box and embark upon a journey through the jungle to discover the secret of happiness. In an act of inspiring optimism, this delightful tale was originally written for Changi Gaol’s child prisoners in 1942 by Australian POW David Griffin, and illustrated by fellow POW Leslie Greener, while they were interned. It has been adapted for young audiences by award-winning Australian film and TV composer Bryony Marks (Please Like Me, Barracuda) with music to capture the sense of wonder, trepidation and delight of the friends’ adventure. Greener’s beautiful illustrations from the 1947 edition of book accompany the narration and music.
As well as introducing children to the sounds of the orchestra, The Happiness Box's themes are timeless and universal: the value of kindness, resilience, industriousness, humour, courage, and, most importantly, the value of friendship.
Featured Australian Works
|The Happiness box (full orchestra with narrator) (2013) by Bryony Marks|
— performed by Gordon Hamilton and Sydney Symphony Orchestra
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